Kansas City partners with USDoT on mobility needs

October 30, 2023

Kansas City is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation to tackle more than $15 billion in improvements designed to enhance safety, connectivity and mobility.

The improvements include a $1.5 billion east-to-west streetcar extension to connect underserved communities with healthcare facilities and jobs in Kansas City’s downtown central business district. Another $10.5 billion project will build a 21-mile rail line that will connect the airport to downtown.

Under the partnership, the city is working with the Build America Bureau, a federal program that helps qualified entities secure government loans, grants and other funding.

The bureau and Kansas City held a workshop with stakeholders in August to discuss infrastructure needs and potential solutions. Other projects that could benefit from the partnership include:

  • “Reconnecting The Eastside,” a study of the Highway 71 corridor to address how it has affected historic Black neighborhoods ($1.6 billion).
  • “Reconnecting The Westside,” a study of the Interstate35 corridor to address the disruption caused by the viaduct and connect Kansas City’s historic Hispanic communities to the downtown central business district ($1.5 billion).
  • Construction of an urban park at Interstate 670 to add green space and to remove the divide created by the construction of the highway ($314 million).
  • Critical bridge repairs or replacement citywide ($147 million).
  • Blue River Watershed safety and connectivity improvements, including economic and workforce development and neighborhood reinvestment programs. ($123 million).
  • Vision Zero citywide safety and connectivity improvements for all modes of transportation and every user ($75 million).

Miles Smith

Miles Smith has more than two decades of communications experience in the public and private sectors, including several years of covering local governments for various daily and weekly print publications. His scope of work includes handling public relations for large private-sector corporations and managing public-facing communications for local governments.

Smith has recently joined the team as a content writer for SPI’s news publications, which include Texas Government Insider, Government Contracting Pipeline and its newest digital product, Government Market News, which launched in September 2023. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s in journalism.

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